By Sarah McCallum, Massage Therapist at NLMSC
I have managed to survive a few very difficult moments in my life thanks to good quality essential oils. While these powerful potions can aid in the healing of many different physical ailments they also work to clean up our emotional health. When dealing with a death in the family or a divorce many people turn to food, money, alcohol or other distractions to get by. I have noticed that those times I decided to make healthier decisions following a traumatic situation resulted in a less severe emotional reaction to said events. Therefore, going to get a massage when you’re feeling blue might just be the best thing to do. I find myself gravitating towards grounding essential oils whenever I fall into a slump. Vetiver is one of my favorites as it helps me stay rooted during this crazy ride we call life. Citrus essential oils are incredibly helpful in lifting the moods of depressed and anxious individuals and I tend to reach for Bergamot after hearing bad news. This oil acts on the digestive system and respiratory system immediately after application. Vetiver and Bergamot combined increase respiration while strengthening digestion. This duo helps anchor the wearer by imparting a mildly sedative energy. Apply topically in the evening for healthy skin that will glow by morning. Unwind at the end of the day with a bath infused with Vetiver and Bergamot to increase feelings of relaxation and tranquility. Be sure to add your oils after the faucet has been turned off so you don’t waste any via evaporation. The aroma sets the mood for massage and meditation beautifully. Come by the spa for a late afternoon reflexology session and ask for a Vetiver/Bergamot foot soak before your treatment. This combination will be sure to leave your feet feeling calm and cozy.
By Sarah McCallum, Massage Therapist at NLMSC
As the weather starts to warm up and plants pop up all around the yard I cannot help but begin to prepare some delicious springtime dishes. Planting seeds of tomato, cucumber, pepper, lettuce and herbs has me craving large salads and lighter fare. I thoroughly enjoy the crisp flavors that come about during this particular season. I also get really excited to toss my food friendly essential oils into freshly squeezed juices and appetizers of all kinds. Some of my favorite essential oils for this time of the year include Wild Orange, Peppermint, Lime, Lemon, Cilantro, Basil and Grapefruit. The citrus oils blend wonderfully into smoothies and salads, adding the perfect zesty addition to any recipe. Lately, I have been replacing my typical oil and vinegar for an apple cider/lemon/basil essential oil combination that just can’t be beat. A simple salad of greens, tomatoes, bell peppers, pumpkin seeds, carrots and hummus topped with my new found dressing is just what the doctor ordered during these transitory weeks. Keeping yourself hydrated and well fed is very important when moving from one season to the next since this is when we are most susceptible to colds. Lemon essential oil helps to flush the internal system of toxic build up while encouraging lymphatic flow and brightening the teeth and skin. Basil essential oil is a fabulous tummy tamer and helps to keep hair strong and healthy. Blending these two oils results in a full body boost by encouraging healthy digestion and elimination. Pop a drop or two of each into a diffuser and help brighten the mood of those around you whether at home or in the workplace. This combination is androgynous in aroma and therefore enjoyed by men and women alike. Next time you’re in the mood for some spring-cleaning just cruise by the spa for a cheerfully scented foot massage including Basil and Lemon essential oil. Your body, mind and spirit will feel refreshed and ready for the spring season.
Quite an amazing change occurs the moment you mix two different essential oils together. The aroma that results when freshly scented Cypress is combined with uplifting Grapefruit is the perfect anecdote to the dreaded afternoon slump. Cypress has long been attributed with decreasing fluid retention in the body. It can also be likened to a tool used to open up a dam whether physical or emotional. This oil encourages the release of toxins from the body. When it is added to Grapefruit the two hit cellulite head on. Add a drop or two of Grapefruit and Cypress to a tablespoon of coconut oil and use topically on hips/thighs and abdomen every night. Citrus oils help to dissolve fat while Cypress increases circulation thus carrying excess waste out of the body. I suggest topical application in the evening because many citrus essential oils cause the skin to become highly sensitive to sunlight. Be cautious when working on elders or those with sensitive skin as certain citrus essential oils can burn if applied too liberally. Always work with a drop or two at first because a little goes a long way. Everybody is unique and it is smart to see how one reacts before applying more. When using this combination on the face overtime these oils will help make your skin firmer and therefore more youthful in appearance. The aroma of this duo is quite grounding and cheerful, great for meditating in the morning or winding down at night. When dealing with swelling of any kind the Cypress/Grapefruit combination is a great go to for relief. Beyond the fabulous fat busting properties of this synergy series the scent alone is extremely comforting and refreshing. Diffuse a few drops next time you’re feeling down and I can assure you the blues will wash away. Be well!
By: Kristen and Bethany